Archive for June, 2005

Manga + graphic novels in the Humanities Library

Posted June 30th, 2005 by mit-admin

Manga and graphic novels have made an appearance in the Humanities Library. We have begun building a small collection. To see a list of titles we own, just type “graphic novels” or “graphic novels – Japan” as a “Subject begins with” search in Barton.

New Social Science Data Services web site

Posted June 29th, 2005 by Katherine McNeill

This year, the MIT Libraries debuted their new Social Science Data Services web site. The site aims to provide detailed information not only about data sources, but also about related areas such as training, software and hardware, and resources for data producers. Check out the site at

What we did on our summer vacation in 1873

Posted June 27th, 2005 by Lois Beattie

Two MIT professors and nine undergraduates toured mining camps in July of 1873. Would you like to know more? Check out Professor Richards’s 1873 blog antecedent in an exhibit on the web site of the Institute Archives and Special Collections.

Learning about MIT: a good place to start

Posted June 27th, 2005 by Lois Beattie

Immerse yourself in the rich history of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology from its birth in 1861, through the move from Boston to Cambridge in 1916 and its contributions during World War II, to the present. The Institute Archives and Special Collections has compiled a bibliography of writings, speeches, oral histories, and exhibits about MIT–its programs, its culture, its presidents, its spaces, and more.

Summer workshops offered

Posted June 24th, 2005 by mit-admin

JulyAP Information Workshops

Attend these hands-on workshops to learn more about finding and using information effectively.
It’s like IAP, only warmer!

WHERE: 14N-132 (Digital Instruction Resource Center – DIRC)

WHEN: Every Friday in July, 12pm (noon) – 1pm

7/8 EndNote Basics
EndNote helps you to create databases of bibliographic references that you can cite in your manuscripts. The session will be a hands-on practicum.

7/15 Company Research for Scientists and Engineers:
Getting to Know Your Prospective Partner or Employer

This session will introduce you to library-supported databases about companies and industries. We will use examples and hands-on exercises to demonstrate strategies for learning about prospective employers or partners.

7/22 Keeping Current: Using RSS Feeds to Stay Ahead in Your Research
What is an RSS Feed? We’ll tell you, plus teach you how to use this new technology to keep up with information in your fields of interest.

7/29 Google, or Google Scholar: That is the Question!
Is Google the best tool to search for scholarly information? Or is Google Scholar? Are there other choices? Search these databases and more to find out. The results may surprise you!

Feel free to bring your lunch! Drinks and dessert will be provided.

Index Islamicus now available

Posted June 22nd, 2005 by mit-admin

Search Index Islamicus from your desktop!

Find it in Vera by searching for “Index Islamicus” or use this URL:

iPods in Lewis Music Library

Posted June 14th, 2005 by Christie Moore

The Lewis Music Library is buying 5 iPods over the summer. These iPods will contain a sample track of each CD listed on New Titles: Compact Discs. The iPods (and lightweight headphones) will circulate overnight to members of the MIT community. We hope these sample tracks will encourage our users to come in and borrow the whole CD for music they find interesting.

The purchase of the iPods is being financed by the Class of 1982 Music Library Fund. Watch for our blog for when the iPods are ready for circulation!


Audio clips for new CDs in Lewis Music Library

Posted June 14th, 2005 by Christie Moore

Click and listen! The Lewis Music Library’s New Titles: Compact Discs web page now includes audio clips for many selections. For Naxos recordings, there are links to the Naxos Music Library (MIT only).

If an audio excerpt appeals to you, come in and borrow the disc! CDs circulate to members of the MIT community for three days (limit of 5, no renewals), and the CD collection now contains nearly 14,000 discs. The Lewis Music Library’s summer hours are Monday – Friday, 11 am – 5 pm.

2nd DSpace federation user group meeting

Posted June 13th, 2005 by mit-admin

The 2nd DSpace Federation User Group meeting will be held at the University of Cambridge July 7-8, 2005. The objective of the User Group meeting is to bring together the DSpace open source community to share experiences and discuss the future development of the DSpace platform and the Federation of adopters. For more information see the meeting website.

New interface for EconLit

Posted June 9th, 2005 by Katherine McNeill

The Libraries have a new Ebsco interface for EconLit, a database that indexes and abstracts more than 550 international economic journals. The interface provides the same content with some new features, including the ability to link to the full text of articles in other Ebsco databases. Try it out at

See the Virtual Browsery for summer reading ideas

Posted June 2nd, 2005 by Nicole Hennig

The Humanities Library maintains a Virtual Browsery for fiction and non-fiction new titles. Get ideas for your summer reading here!

Learn more about selecting the best databases for business and management research

Posted June 2nd, 2005 by Nicole Hennig

Dewey Library has published a Business Database Advisor.

The purpose of the advisor is to help you save time and work more efficiently by showing you how to quickly choose the best database for your research task.

ESRI virtual campus courses free for MIT students

Posted June 2nd, 2005 by Nicole Hennig

Several ESRI virtual campus classes available, free of charge, to MIT students. See for a complete listing. If you would like to take one of these online courses please send an email to listing the name of the course(s) you are interested in taking. A GIS specialist will then email you the course codes necessary for beginning the class. Additional courses offered free of charge to anyone are listed on the ESRI Virtual Campus website:

Read inaugural addresses of past MIT presidents

Posted June 2nd, 2005 by Nicole Hennig

Compare Dr. Hockfield’s inaugural address to those of past MIT presidents on the Institute Archives’ Inaugural Addresses of MIT Presidents.

Library services for MIT alumni

Posted June 2nd, 2005 by Nicole Hennig

Congratulations seniors!

Check out library services for MIT alumni.

Naxos online service receives enthusiastic response

Posted June 2nd, 2005 by Nicole Hennig

This past semester, the Naxos Music Library was provided to the MIT community through a cooperative agreement with the Boston Library Consortium (BLC). This online audio service provides access to over 85,000 tracks of music (5,500 CDs)—the entire Naxos, Marco Polo and Da Capo catalogs—plus other licensed independent labels. The majority of this music consists of classical pieces, although an increasing number of selections include jazz, blues, world and Chinese music. Naxos is available both on and off campus (MIT certificates required) to all MIT students, faculty, and staff.

The Naxos service appeals to a variety of listeners at MIT. The wide selection of repertoire has been helpful for teaching, and several music faculty have sent their students to Naxos for course listening assignments. Others listen to Naxos for enjoyment or to independently expand their knowledge of music literature.

According to statistics, this service is being used frequently. From September to December 2004, the Naxos site was accessed nearly 1400 times by MIT users, who listened to over 17,000 tracks of music.

Instructions for accessing Naxos are available on the Lewis Music Library’s web site. We welcome your comments concerning this service. Ask Us!

Learn about the latest research in your field: Compendex & INSPEC offer RSS feeds

Posted June 2nd, 2005 by Nicole Hennig

Two important engineering databases, Compendex and INSPEC, now have RSS capability built into the search interface. Once you run a search you can click on the RSS button (show icon) on the results page. Copy and paste the URL on that page into your favorite RSS reader (such as and you will receive weekly updates whenever new records appear that match your search criteria.

For more information, see the full story.

Angewandte Chemie International Edition early issues now online

Posted June 2nd, 2005 by Nicole Hennig

You can now access any issue of this important chemistry journal directly from your office. The MIT Libraries recently purchased online access to the backfile of Angewandte Chemie International Edition for 1962-1997 (1998-present was already available).

To get to the journal, go to Vera: databases and e-journals and search for “Angewandte Chemie”.

Check it out!